Destinies and battles – basically these two words determined the thematic program of this year’s Mediawave festival. Though the organisors have accentuated the creations pointing out women’s fate and warlike situations, the documentary session itself was a testimony that served as evidence for us to interpret these „wordings” in a wide more extended meaning. Hereunder you can read an extraction of the films, which were screened in the documentary competition section called „world-images” and as an exception you can find below a film from external sources, as well.
In Győr, it's just a memory. In the world, people are talking about it. Not a festival but Gathering. The 23rd Mediawave closed its gates in the Fort Monostor, Komárom. Those who participated the event can be happy, and those who missed it, may feel sorry (especially the cities of Győr and Szombathely which haven't been able to keep this internationally acknowledged event). Mediawave has been or will be either in better or worse situation depending on how much the ones in power believe that only and exclusively alternative culture exists beacuse naturally, only this adjective is true for art, human relations, thinking and creation.
"Good support is recipient, open. If it is not like this, it is not a help but mere circus-rental."
Photo: Büki László
However the 2013 Mediawave festival pointed out mostly films with thematic of women and war subjects, now we would like to draw your attention to two documentaries that are not or just partially concerned by the central questions of this festival. The Polish „3 days freedom” seizes the first dawdling steps of a prisoner getting a short leave to go out, until the French „Love Market” scouts a custom of an Indo-Chinese ethnicity, the hmongs.
We had dipped in it, had a small frission, and by the time we got dried, it was all over. Culture wellness and gathering - jazz jacuzzi and etno sauna, another connection with aromatherapy, the latter one with community building location finding. Abandonment, womanhood, night wine-cavalcade... The last two days of Mediawave also touched me. Mainly pro with a slight contra...
Photo: Büki Lászó
Beside the surprising number of French submissions, lots of films were sent from Belgium, Germany, Israel, Iran, Spain, Portugal, UK and the USA. So far the preview jury has been selecting films from 58 countries to feature, short fiction, animation, experimental and documentary film categories.
Hopefully some of our special themes encourage film makers to submit their films to our competition program. We are waiting for films dealing with the topics of "The Great War", "Womanhood" and minority/integration. Here you can watch the trailer of a film from Namibia.
Gentille M. ASSIH (Senegal): The Rite, the Lunatic and I
The preparation phase of the MEDIAWAVE International festival has accelerated with the online entry published a week ago. Some curiosities which may have been lost among the pile of information.
We received 31 French submissions so far from which the conclusion can be that France has a well-built film support system.
As 31st submission, we received the 1st Hungarian entry, which is a nice result regarding the usual last-minute Hungarian attitude. There's only a little flaw: this film came from Austria.
The last, 121st submission today, was sent by one of our favourite Siberian directors, Anatolij Balujev famous of his satiric films.
Mentioning the distant countries, among the entries you can find films from Namibia, Mexico, Japan, India, China and Brazil. Not just talk about the productions, you can watch a trailer from a British short: Smoke 10
A huge number of films from 21 countries were submitted at the weekend to the competition program of the MEDIAWAVE'2014.
Feel free to send your film and submission. You can also do it online. It's easy and quick. After sending us the entry form, you'll immediatelly receive a user name and password to the site where you can upload the film.
You can submit your film in all genres. You can read more about our special themes - The Great War, Womanhood - under the entry in the menu.
The MEDIAWAVE staff is back from the city of Lijiang in Tibet border region, South inner China, with lots of experiences, photo and video documentations. They were invited by the musicians, fine artists and film makers from Lijiang attended the MEDIAWAVE Festival 2012.
Members of the Hungarian delegation: Miklós Both musician-singer, Norbert Kovács dancer-singer, Dilára Csillik, president of the Hungarian-Asian Society, Béla Jávorszky, journalist and his wife, Éva Kovács, and the technical staff recording the concerts and experiences, Tibor Jörg soundman and Jenő Hartyándi cameraman, Mediawave festival director.
The hospitability was excellent in the fascinating World Heritage city of the former tea caravan center. A painter, Wuijang and the Hungarian born Henrik Nagy, helped us the orientation in the rich cultue of the region.
By clicking the names, you can reach Béla Jávorszky's and Miklós Both's photo selection and have an insight into the music videos with Yang Ji Ma, young Tibetan female monk and her band.
Photo: Béla Szilárd Jávorszky
In the MEDIAWAVE Film camp 2012, six short fiction and documentary films were shot and screened at the closing party on the 5th of August where a good number of visitor watched the films. The professional prize went to Júlia Vaszari for the best cinematography in the films ’Where Else’ and ’Big Things’. The happy owners of the Audience Prize have been Jozefa Juhász and Zoltán Bognár for their documentary ’Risique Zero’ which shows the life of a French circus attending the Ördögkatlan Festival in Kisharsány. Click here!